Ladies and Gentlemen,
We were introduced to each other through the
courtesy of Arthur Bienenstock, President of the American Physical Society, as a
result of our indignation about the treatment of Christopher Monckton. We have
demonstrated through our actions that we are passionate about honest scientific
debate with regard to climate issues, free of political machinations. Some of us
are quite notable in the field of climate science while others of us are not.
However, I believe we are united in our wish to see public policy based upon
fact rather than a fraud. I am deeply disturbed to see how science has been
prostituted by environmental activists, Luddites, politicians, and profiteers.
If we are all of the same mind, how shall we proceed?
I propose we
first introduce ourselves (some of us require little introduction) and see what
sorts of talents and abilities we may be able to provide to our common effort. I
am Roy Tucker, an electro-optical instrumentation engineer currently working at
the University of Arizona's Imaging Technology Laboratory where we make
sensitive CCD imaging devices for scientific research, principally for
astronomical applications. I have a BS in physics, an MS in Scientific
Instrumentation, and was for three years a graduate student in Planetary
Sciences. My preferred field of endeavour is solar system astronomy and I have
discovered hundreds of asteroids. I have followed the climate change debate for
ten years and I am convinced that the earth's climate is principally influenced
by solar activity and the galactic cosmic ray environment.
result of my interest in asteroids, I am acquainted with the Minor Planet
Mailing List, an email list that was originally intended as a means for amateur
astronomers to communicate with each other. However, in short order asteroid
professionals discovered it and it became a more generalized forum for
communications among the worldwide community of asteroid observers, amateur and
professional. As an example, it is very common for radar observers at Arecibo to
announce that they have scheduled some near-earth asteroid for observation and
request optical astrometry just before the scheduled time to facilitate pointing
their radar dishes accurately on target. Amateurs and professionals will respond
with the needed observations. This mailing list also serves as a conduit of
debate and information of interest to the asteroid community. Although some
climate related blogs provide for reader comments, I wonder if a similar email
forum would be useful for climate discussion, carefully moderated to eliminate
ad hominem attacks, promote honest scientific debate, and provide for
dissemination of reliable information? Benny Pieser's CCNet has been helpful in
the global warming debate but a more specific forum is needed.
large number of peer-reviewed publications now exist that contradict the
standard model of CO2-induced anthropogenic global warming. It is time to become
active in the political debate in a more organized manner. The pro-AGW forces
are way ahead of us in this regard. There is no 'consensus' but there is a
tremendous political momentum that must be overcome to avoid needlessly wasting
enormous sums of money and inflicting great suffering upon impoverished people.
Senator Imhofe, as an example, has done great work to impede the AGW forces but
we need to add many more voices to the political discussion. It is necessary to
identify and recruit educators, journalists, attorneys, and other influential
people to counter the forces of AGW alarmism. There needs to be some umbrella
organization in a manner similar to the National Rifle Association to coordinate
efforts and avoid duplication.
Perhaps the things I describe
already exist and I am simply ignorant of them. If so, please inform me of them
and excuse my ramblings.
Thank you very much for your
- Roy Tucker